Children of the Wells
We like stories.
We like the creativity the Internet fosters.
But when we look around the Internet, no one’s telling the stories we’d like to see. Not just fantastic and fantastical stories, but stories rooted in truth and goodness. Stories that are honest about how the world works, but written with the belief that stories are meant to make men better.
And so we created Children of the Wells.
We’re a team of writers sharing a world, working with one another to challenge each other and make each story as good as it can be. And we want you to be part of this world. We want you to enjoy it, tell us what you like, bounce ideas off us.
Because this is a work in progress, episodic stories unfolding one novella at a time, bit by bit, over the years.
Is it a grandiose project? Certainly. It wouldn’t be worth doing otherwise.
And if we make stories half as good as we dream, we’ll be happy.
And, hopefully, you’ll be happy, too.
Where to find Children of the Wells online
The Wheel Is Broken: 10 Stories
by Nick Hayden
A Children of the Wells story collection. "The Wheel is broken. In one day, the great city of Jalseion is broken." In 10 flash fictions, glimpse how its people–from the homeless beggar to the city’s Overseer–deal with the catastrophe and its consequences. This is a companion piece to The Select’s Bodyguard.
New Wells Rising
by Timothy Deal
Book 3 - As young, exiled emperor Jaysynn Kyzer begins the long journey home, his identity may be his only advantage against his old mentor, the traitorous General Dracon. Jaysynn lacks followers, resources, information, and even a definite plan of action. But along their dangerous trek across the barren desert, he encounters potential allies, new enemies, and shocking discoveries.
The Well's Orphan
by Nick Hayden
Book 3 - Thyrion is ruined, and so is Calea.
Shattered by the discovery that magic is gone even in Thyrion, Calea is left to pick up the pieces of her life. With nowhere else to go, she enters the city with Bron and Nyasha, broken and searching for some thread of purpose. But is there anything for a crippled woman in a crippled city? Or shall she, too, go the way of magic?
The Rules Change
by John Bahler
Book 2 - After barely escaping his own city alive, Jaysynn, the last heir to the throne of Kyzer, finds himself eking out a living in a refugee camp outside an enemy city. Stripped of what little power he had, Jaysynn considers accepting a new life of less responsibility. But a peaceful future of anonymity may not be possible if Governor Vac learns there is a son of Kyzer on his doorstep.
The Doctor's Assistant
by Laura Fischer
Book 2 - Where do you go when there’s nothing left? Bron and Calea are on the road to Thyrion in search of magic, but In the small town of Averieom, they find assistance—and more than they bargained for. Young Nyasha Cormorin has been assisting doctors in Averieom for years. But after the Cataclysm, she no longer feels any ties to the community. She’s determined to leave, and no one will stop her
The Fall of the House of Kyzer
by Nathan Marchand
In Thyrion, power is everything. But not for Jaysynn, the youngest of the Kyzer royal family and the only one unable to manipulate magic. In the wake of the Cataclysm, however, Jaysynn is the only Kyzer to survive. Ascending to the throne, he is overwhelmed by his responsibilities, the devastation of his city, and conspiracy brewing in his ranks. Even as Emperor, he feels like an outcast.
The Select's Bodyguard
by Nick Hayden
When Bron, bodyguard to the Select, is jolted awake by an explosion, he discovers Jalseion in flames. Everywhere people are dead, buildings collapsed, whole neighborhoods demolished. The scientific center of the world…burning. What has happened to the magic that powers the city? Bron banishes fear and uncertainty as he crosses the rubble with one goal: to find her. Nothing else matters.
Children of the Wells - Bron & Calea
by Nick Hayden,
& Laura Fischer
When Bron, bodyguard to the Select, is jolted awake by an explosion, he quickly discovers that the entire city of Jalseion is in flames. Everywhere, people are dead, buildings collapsed, whole neighborhoods demolished. The scientific center of the world…burning to the ground. And the Select, those who rule through the magic in the wells? Where are they, and what has happened to the magic that powers the city?
Bron banishes fear and uncertainty as he crosses the rubble with one goal: to find her. Finding her is only the beginning. With the world turned upside down, he’ll need to find Calea, his charge, a place to belong. But is there anywhere for her to go if the magic that has been her life is truly gone?
Children of the Wells - Jaysynn
by Nick Hayden,
& Nathan Marchand
In Thyrion, power is everything.
But not for Jaysynn, the youngest of the Kyzer royal family who rule the city with an iron fist. He alone is unable to manipulate magic, making him an outcast in his own family. However, General Dracon, himself non-Select, sees the prince’s potential and trains him to be a warrior in his own right.
In the wake of the Cataclysm, Jaysynn is the only Kyzer to survive. Ascending to the throne, he is overwhelmed by the weight of the crown and the devastation of his city. What’s worse, he learns of a conspiracy brewing within his own ranks. He may be Emperor in name, but he must prove to the world—and to himself—that he’s worthy of the title.
Magic no longer determines who rules and who serves, but can a young man determined to do both survive in this new, uncertain world?
Keep up on the latest news, short stories, and free ebooks of Jaysynn and his journey at www.childrenofthewells.com.
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